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Virginia CZM Program: 2011 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Project Title:

Land & Water Quality Protection in Hampton Roads

Project Description as Proposed:

Growth and development in Virginia’s coastal zone continues to increase at a rate that is disproportionate with the rest of the Commonwealth. Water quality impacts associated with urban growth are further magnified by development trends characterized by increasing impervious cover. To address these impacts, recent regulatory changes and program developments, specifically the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and revised Virginia stormwater management regulations, have resulted in the creation of nutrient reduction goals for Virginia localities. These developments require new land use approaches and development policies that will help localities reduce the impacts of land development on water quality. HRPDC staff will analyze the local consequences of these water quality requirements for urban and transitional communities and develop tools to enable localities to meet these requirements while avoiding negative impacts on natural resources. This project will utilize a pilot program approach, identifying one or two localities for each type of locality (urban or transitional) to serve as research and testing grounds. Pilot localities will be determined through HRPDC’s existing regional coordination and committee processes. HRPDC staff will evaluate existing Comprehensive Plans and other documents for compatibility with new regulatory requirements and develop policy recommendations as needed. HRPDC staff will also identify potential water quality retrofits and redevelopment opportunities, including projects that will protect and/or restore blue and green infrastructure. This project will also explore the need for enabling legislation that allows localities to achieve water quality goals, including increases in the allowable tree canopy requirement. HRPDC will work with VNEMO to determine the best strategy for coordinating assistance to local governments. 
Should additional funding be available for FY12, HRPDC staff will research best management practices for water quality retrofits and identify retrofit types that are appropriate to environmental conditions in Hampton Roads, with a specific focus on the selected pilot localities. This research will be based on the results of Products 1, 2, & 3. This product will begin identifying and describing retrofits, including cost estimates and estimates of pollutant removal effectiveness, and will assess their potential for use in Hampton Roads localities. 

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Jay McBride - 757.420.8300: 

Project Status:

10/1/2011 - 9/30/2012; Project Completed

Final Product Received:

Land and Water Quality Protection in Hampton Roads - Phase 1 (pdf) 

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

This report describes the HRPDC’s Land and Water Quality Protection Section 309 Grant Project work for FY 2011-2012. This project falls under the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program’s Section 309 2011-2016 strategy addressing Land and Water Quality Protection. To date, this project has incorporated three related and parallel efforts in Hampton Roads. The first is a summary of the expected regulatory impacts of new Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations and the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on Hampton Roads local governments. The second is an effort to assess and/or develop tools which local governments can use to identify potential changes to their existing ordinances and plans. This effort also includes research to identify policies which can be used to promote water quality as well as compliance with the stormwater regulations and Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The third effort is an assessment and demonstration of various software tools that can be used by local governments to model the water quality impacts of developments or the effects of regulatory changes on those impacts.

A digital version of the report will be sent directly to each member locality of the HRPDC. This file will also be made available online at the HRPDC’s website,

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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